Great news for all the Harry Potter fans! This summer all the fans can board the Harry Potter cruise on the ship called The Magna Carta. The events on the ship would include many Harry Potter-themed activities along with sumptuous food that is Hogwarts-friendly. This 7 days round trip cruise will cover various filming locations, inclusive of the places like Virginia Water (where Harry met Buckbeak), Picket Post Close (the place of the home of the Dursley family) and Oxford’s Christ Church College (seen as Hogwarts’ Great Hall). The cruise will also include a visit to Warner Bros. Studios, which displays the Harry Potter tour that includes props, costumes, and the filming sets of the eight Harry Potter films. For more information about the cruise, click here.
But, that’s not it! Experience the magic of Harry Potter World by visiting these places.
#1 Harry Potter Studios
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a sequential themed area with many Universal Parks & Resorts. It is based on the elements from the Warner Brothers’ film series and original novels by J. K. Rowling of Harry Potter. This place has the media authorization, for adapting as themed studios. Universal Creative obtained an exclusive license for the theme park rights with Warner Bros. Entertainment, a Time Warner company to design the place. In 2004, Rowling signed a contract with Disney, intending to develop a Harry Potter section within the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. There are three Harry Potter theme parks operated by Universal studios.
The Universal Studios, Japan
The Universal Studios opened a theme park in Osaka, Japan in 2014. It includes the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, Flight of the Hippogriff roller coaster and the village of Hogsmeade. The two features in the Japanese park, that makes it unique from the other Harry Potter themed parks, are the presence of Hogwarts’ Black Lake and live owls.
The Universal Studios, Hollywood
The Universal Studios Hollywood opened its Harry Potter theme park in 2016. The distinctive attraction of this place is the flight-simulating drives with an enhanced ride experience. For safety reasons, 3D goggles that the Visitors once wore throughout the simulating ride, have recently been replaced by 2D.
The Universal Studios, Florida
The Universal Studios in Florida, has Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed park and Islands Of Adventure theme park. Both parks are open for the public to take the trains at the Hogwarts Express stations that replicate the appearances as in the film. Opened in 2014, the Universal Studios Florida theme park, includes The rides of Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts roller coaster ride and the Hogwarts Express. Other attractions include Ollivander’s Wand Shop, The Tales of Beedle the Bard show, Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees performance. The area also consists of many shops and restaurants from the book series including Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions, The Leaky Cauldron, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment and Borgin and Burkes.
Opened in 2010, the Islands of Adventure theme park includes a re-creation of Hogsmeade and three rides. Hogsmeade comprises many restaurants and the gift shops adapted from the book series including the Hog’s Head, the Ollivanders; the Dervish and Bangs; the Three Broomsticks; and the Honeydukes.
Alongside the re-created version of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the other attractions include Ollivander’s Wand Shop; Triwizard Spirit Rally, and the Frog Choir. The other rides include Dragon Challenge and a pair of inverted roller coasters.
Warner Bros. Studios
Warner Bros. Studios Tour London is the studio behind the making of the film series Harry Potter. It is a public attraction in southeastern England opened since 2012. It is the only permanent revelation contributing to the authentic blends of the scenic sight of the Harry Potter films. It is situated inside Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, near Watford, in south west Hertfordshire. It welcomes up to 6,000 visitors a day with each tour session lasting for 3 hours. It is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting London as visitors get a practical chance to see the details and the kinds of efforts that go behind the major featuring film like the Harry Potter series. This tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases an array of beautiful sets, costumes, and props. The tour is usually self-guided so that visitors; can enjoy the tour at their own pace. Other guided tours charge extra cost for making their services available.
#2 Harry Potter Themed Hotels
The Lockhart Hotel Bar, Canada
The Lockhart, a Toronto-based bar greets a calm, magical atmosphere through exposed brick and thick wooden tables. The hotel’s décor has a gallipot, stag-themed coasters, and a neon sign. It also includes the famous sayings from the book and it has Harry Potter dolls, a Patronus symbol. This bar is named after a reference to Harry’s defense against Gilderoy Lockhart, the Dark Arts teacher. It serves tasty potions, spiked beverages, and elixirs inspired by the series like “The Shacklebolt.”
The Georgian House Hotel, London
Feel at home and experience the Harry Potter style of stay at the Georgian House in London. This hotel accommodation landscapes two rentable wizard cabins with stained-glass windows, potion bottles, leather-bound books, movies, and play fans. The other impressions feature is a magical room hidden behind a bookcase. This room resembles a castle with a medieval decorum consisting of trunks, cauldrons, and a four-poster bed to imitate sleeping in a castle.
The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
This is the hotel suite open for public viewing, where, J.K. Rowling completed writing the seventh book of the series “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You can rent the room Rowling stayed in room 552 and see the message she left on a marble bust.
#3 Harry Potter Themed Café
The Elephant House Café, Edinburgh
J.K. Rowling penned the series at The Elephant House, a cafe located in the heart of the Edinburgh. This café is special for the reason that JK Rowling first imagined the character Harry Potter to put into words. The emotional undertone is that she started writing Harry Potter at a time of financial crisis to run the family as a single mother.
The bad owl coffee, Nevada
The tagline of this café is “Serious coffee with a hint of magic” depicting the Harry Potter’s Wizarding cues. The tables, at the café, are engraved with lines and images from the books, such as Potter’s glasses and lightning scar. The cafe also has a corner featuring the Platform 9 ¾ with luggage trolley and a caged owl.
Always Café, Vietnam
This cafe is dedicated to Harry Potter. The decorum of the café includes broomsticks overhanging from the ceiling, house colors dangling from the walls, exhibits of photos with various poses of all the Harry Potter scenes with character, and also the symbol for the Deathly Hallows is seen at almost all the places throughout the cafe.
#4 Hogwarts Express: The Glenfinnan Viaduct & The Jacobite Steam Train
The Glenfinnan Viaduct is the portico bridge that the Hogwarts Express, the Jacobite Steam Train, crosses on the way to the Wizarding School. This is the exact place that you see in the movies. If you’d prefer to see the train from a distance, make sure you arrive at a viewing point.
#5 College Of Wizardry, Poland
To step into the world of Harry Potter, the organizers of the college have created an event with participants creating the real magic. The participants, upon registration, are handed over a wizard robe, a study book, and a tie in their House color when they arrive the location.
#6 Platform 9 ¾
King’s Cross was the station where the famous platform scene Platform 9 ¾ was shot, where Harry with his mates caught the Hogwarts Express to school. To give the location a real feel, the station staff placed half a luggage cart against the wall to make it look like it’s halfway through the wall. Enjoy taking fun photos and shop at the nearby Potter store.
#7 Quidditch and Broom Flying Castle
After visiting the Cafes and hotels, travel Northumberland to visit Alnwick Castle. The Harry Potter filming crew scoured over many locations in UK locations to find the ideal castle and came up with the Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. It was the place, where Harry learned his first flying lesson and revealed his promise as a Seeker. It served as the location for the broom-flying scene in the first movie of the Harry Potter series and was also used often as the Quidditch ground in the movie.
#8 Reptile House
In the series, Harry visits the famous Reptile House of the London Zoo with his cousin Dursley. In the movie, Harry speaks with the python and uses magic to make the glass disappear for the python to slide through freely. The zoo is home to many reptiles and amphibians, including venomous snakes, lizards, frogs, and crocodiles.
#9 Diagon Alley: Victoria Street/Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh and Leadenhall Market, London
Visit the place and you will desire to perform the Harry Potter’s magic charms. The Victoria Street and Candlemaker Row in Edinburgh, are two adjacent, cobbled streets nearby the Elephant House Café.These streets are colorful, historical and bustling. The market of Leadenhall in London formed the exterior of the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter movies.